An investigation into sleep in sharks: behavioural and electrophysiological approaches

Michael Kelly

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Sleep is widespread across the animal kingdom with important links to behaviour, metabolism, brain activity, and health. Although sleep has been found in all terrestrial vertebrates studied thus far, it is still unclear whether many aquatic vertebrates, including sharks, sleep. Sharks are amongst the earliest vertebrates, and may hold clues to the evolutionary history of sleep and sleep states found in more recent evolutionary lineages of animals. In this study, I provide the first comprehensive evidence for sleep in sharks. The work's comparative approach focuses on sleep behaviour and its regulation across multiple shark species with different movement strategies.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Hemmi, Jan, Supervisor
  • Collin, Shaun, Supervisor
  • Lesku, John, Supervisor
  • Radford, Craig A., Supervisor, External person
Thesis sponsors
Award date15 Oct 2020
Publication statusUnpublished - 2020


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